Easy DIY gift packaging

DIY gift packaging is easy and not that expensive to make.  If you are a crafter then you likely have every thing you need in your stash.  I like to use my scraps from card making and scrapbooking to make the toppers on the plastic pouch.  I get the plastic pouches from Oriental Trading Company.  I happen to be a blogger for them so they are my go to resource for supplies.

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I treat the plastic pouch just like I would a card front and add layers and dimension with twine and bling.   Sometimes simple strips of paper can be the easiest and you can make multiples in one sitting.  Figure out the dimensions for your package and add layers of pattern and solid paper that are separated by 1/4 or 1/2 inch increments.


A few small details like crystal stickers added in the corner give it additional volume and really make it look more expensive. tank-you-up-close I like to use the preprinted thank you pennants from Oriental Trading.  They are perfect for gift packaging and cards.

Supplies needed to make the DIY Gift Packaging:

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Make an easy sew DIY star ornament

striped star ornamentAn easy sew DIY star ornament tutorial using stamps, scrap fabric and embellishments from your craft stash.  Handmade ornaments are a great beginner project too.  The charming striped material combines with a little bling to create a sweet ornament for your holiday tree.  You can make a trio and give as a gift or make a bunch and use them as package toppers for your christmas gifts.  They are also fun for an ornament swap.

Materials for easy sew DIY star ornament:

  • Fabric, scraps: red/white striped, text, plain muslin
  • Fairfield Poly-fil Fiberfill Stuffing
  • Kreinik 005 Black #16 Medium Braid
  • Thread: black, white
  • Jute, 8” length
  • Embellishments: gem flowers, two; flat-backed rhinestone; holiday sprig with berries

Tools for a handmade star ornament:

  • Lowercase alphabet stamp set
  • Black pigment ink
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: Beacon AdhesivesFabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, fusible webbing

Basic supplies to make the star ornament.

  • transfer paper, pencil, ruler, scissors, sewing needle, iron and pressing surface

Directions for a handmade easy sew DIY star ornament

  1. Access pattern by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print pattern. Transfer two star shapes to wrong side of striped fabric; cut out.
  2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to text and muslin scraps using iron. Draw 2-1/2” circle on paper side of fused text fabric; cut out. Draw 2”- circle on paper side of fused plain muslin fabric; cut out.
  3. On firm surface, stamp “believe” on plain muslin circle; heat set with iron.
  4. Peel paper backing from circles. Fuse text circle to center of right side of one star. Fuse stamped circle to center of text circle.
  5. Couch Black braid to outer edges of both circles using black thread, overlapping braid ends 1/4”. (Note: Ends can be secured with tiny dot of fabric glue.)
  6. Place right sides of star together. Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew edges together, leaving 2-1/2” opening for turning. Turn right side out. Lightly stuff with fiberfill stuffing. Whipstitch opening closed using needle and white thread. Knot ends.
  7. Trim holiday sprig to 3” length using wire cutters. Couch sprig to star using white thread. Knot ends.
  8. Adhere gems to star using fabric glue. Let dry.
  9. Loop jute twine; hand-sew to back of star using white thread to hang.

 striped star ornament

Gingerbread man spa gift set

gingerbread man spa gift set

Make a gingerbread man spa gift set to give as a budget friendly handmade gift.  Recycled jars and paper scraps make this great a great stash buster too.  You can use traditional colors or modern.

Materials for Gingerbread man spa gift set

Recycled baby food jars
Patterned paper scraps
Cardstock scraps: cream; white; brown
Wooden knobs with holes, 1”, three
Gold eyelets, three

Tools for Gingerbread man spa gift set:

Rubber stamps: Pinecone (Hero Arts); Candy Cane (Paper Salon); Tiny Alphabet Stamps; Gingerbread Man (Denami Designs)
Ink pads: black pigment; Brown Fluid Chalk Ink (Clearsnap)
Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Alizarin Crimson; Evergreen; Milk Chocolate; Light Mocha
Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
Red permanent marker
Eyelet setter
Zip Dry Paper Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
Marvy Clever Lever paper punches (Uchida): Scallop Circle, 1-1/2”; Circles: 1”, 2”
Hole punch, 1/16”
Drill with 1/16” bit
Small screws, three
Rubber bands

Directions for Gingerbread man spa gift set:

1. Remove labels from jars. Wash and dry jars. Paint: gingerbread jar top and knob Milk Chocolate; Christmas Tree jar top and knob Evergreen; Candy Cane jar top and knob Alizarin Crimson. When dry, dry brush all tops and knobs with Light Mocha. Apply three coats varnish.
2. Drill holes in jar tops underneath in center. Center knobs on top of jars and secure with screws so screw is placed in knob holes.
3. Use pigment ink to stamp gingerbread man and pinecone on brown cardstock. Cut out gingerbread man. Punch 1” circle from cream cardstock and adhere gingerbread man to center. Punch scalloped circle from a patterned paper scrap and adhere gingerbread man to center. Punch scalloped circle around pinecone. Use red marker and glitter marker to color bow. Punch 2” circle from a patterned paper scrap and adhere pinecone to center. Stamp candy cane on white cardstock. Color with red and glitter marker and cut out with scissors. Punch 1” circle from cream cardstock and scalloped circle from patterned paper scrap. Layer pieces together and adhere.
4. Use paper adhesives to glue circles to center of jars. Secure with rubber bands while drying.

5. Use alphabet stamps to stamp jar labels on cream cardstock. Tear labels from cardstock; ink edges Brown. Punch hole in each label; attach eyelet. Thread hemp through hole and tie around knob. Fill jars with body scrubs and salts.

PDF FOR gingerbread spa gift set list

by Melony Bradley

DIY Christmas Gift Pales

christmas gift pails DIY Christmas Gift Pales

DIY Christmas Gift Pales you can decorate as an activity with the kids or for a girls night in.  Store bought pales embellished by hand make supper cute gift containers perfect for  sweet treats and odd shaped gifts.

Materials for DIY Christmas Gift Pales:

  • Copper pail, 4-1/2” tall
  • Wool Felt (National Nonwovens): Camel; Brown Sugar; Cottage Red; Oatmeal; Butter Cream; Moss
  • 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC): Ecru; Dk. Coffee Brown (801); Dk. Green Gray (3051); Garnet (816)
  • Gingham ribbon, 1 yd.
  • Beige cardstock
  • Artificial berries
  • Brads, two: jeweled; white

Tools for DIY Christmas Gift Pales:

  • Lite Steam-A-Seam (The Warm Co.)
  • Embroidery needle
  • Hole punch
  • Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Computer and printer
  • Iron and pressing board

Directions to make Christmas Gift Pales

1. Cut 4-1/2” oval from Camel and Oatmeal felt. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse felt to webbing. Print and cut out patterns. Cut patterns from fused felt. For angel’s halo, cut 1/4”x1-1/2” rectangle from Butter Cream felt. Use photo as guide to arrange gingerbread and angel on ovals.

2. Use three strands of Ecru floss to blanket stitch edges of gingerbread, angel and heart. Use Dk. Brown floss to blanket stitch edge of camel oval, Dk. Green Gray floss to blanket stitch edge of angel wings and halo and Garnet floss to blanket stitch edge of heart.

3. Attach jeweled brads for angel’s eyes and white brads for gingerbread man’s eyes. Cut 8-1/2” length from ribbon and tie bow. Glue bow to angel or gingerbread man. When dry, insert two berry sprigs through bow loop and glue to secure. Cut 12” ribbon length and glue to back of oval. Glue oval to front of pail and tie ribbon ends in back.

4. Print recipe instructions on cardstock; trim to tag shape and punch hole at top. Cut 10” ribbon length. Thread ribbon through hole and tie bow around pail handle.

by Melony Bradley and as seen in Crafts N Things magazine

Pattern – Holiday Food Pails

Pattern – Spiced Pear Cider

Pattern – Gingered Spice Bundles In A Jar

Pattern – Heavenly Hash Brownies

noel button wall art

Noel button wall art
The noel button wall art is a festive addition to a wall in your home. Buttons spell out a holiday sentiment that creates unique cork board wall décor. Tack Christmas cards, holiday snapshots, and other memorabilia along the edges.  Display the Christmas cards you have received in style and keep the clutter contained.

Materials for button wall art:

  • Elmer’s Foam Cork Board, 10”x10”, four
  • Fabric squares, 12”x12”, four
  • Buttons: Buttons Galore and More, assorted; Laura Kelly Designs Hand Dyed Buttons, Black Beauty, Bold Brown, Radically Red, Castle Grey
  • Paper clips, four


  • Rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Knife
  • Beacon Adhesives: Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, Gem-Tac Permanent Glue
  • scissors, iron and pressing surface, ruler, pencil, sanding block, transfer paper

Directions for button wall art:

1.  Using ruler and pencil, trace four 10”x10” squares on foam side of cork board. Cut out squares using X-ACTO knife. Use several passes to cut, making light score along traced lines on first cut, and gradually cutting deeper into traced lines until cuts are complete. Use light sanding block to sand down edges as needed.
2. Using self-healing mat and rotary cutter, cut four coordinating 12”x12” squares from fabric. Iron the fabric flat on pressing surface.
3. Center the fabric on foam cork board squares. Fold edges over the back of cork squares and adhere using fabric glue. Let glue dry.
4. Access patterns by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print patterns onto paper. Transfer letter to center of each fabric square using transfer paper.
5. Adhere buttons, alternating colors and sizes, inside letters using tacky glue. Let dry.
6. For hanger, measure and mark 4” down and 4” across back of each square. Cut 2” horizontal slit on mark using X-ACTO knife. Open paper clip and insert into slit; spot glue with tacky glue if needed.

Easy Santa ornaments

santa belt ornament Let Santa’s jolly belt decorate the tree this year. The ornament is easy enough to make that you can get the kids involved. Make sure you cover your work surface if you are making these with the kids.  If your kids are anything like mine you might want to cover them too.  These ornaments are fun and easy to make  and look very nice on the tree.

Materials for Santa ornament:

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Ball, 3”
  • Polyform Sculpey III Black Oven-Bake Clay
  • Silver bead
  • Black glittered ribbon, 7/8” wide, 10” length
  • Silver metallic cording
  • Polyform Sculpey: Acrylic Roller, Clay Tool Starter Set, Clay Mat
  • DecoArt Americana Tuscan Red Acrylic Paint
  • DecoArt Metallic Lustre Silver Spark Wax Finish
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Glue

Basic Supplies for Santa Ornament

  • straight pins, paintbrush, ruler, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions for Santa Ornament:

1. While holding ball in your hand, paint the top half of the ball Tuscan Red.  Stick pins into painted surface to make tripod or stand. Set the ball on pins.  Paint other half and let the ball dry.
2. Pinch off one segment of clay; condition with fingers until soft and pliable. Using roller, roll clay to 1/4” thickness on mat. ( you can stack paper up on each side of roller to get the 1/4″ size)
3. Using knife from Starter Set, cut out 2” square. Cut and remove 1” square from center of 2” square, creating the buckle shape. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, bake buckle on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven.
4. Remove the clay pieces from oven. Let the clay cool completely.
5. Adhere ribbon around center of ball then trim ends.
6. Using fingers, apply Silver Spark to buckle.
7. Adhere buckle to ball, covering ribbon ends.
8. Insert silver cord through bead; adhere to top of ball for hanger. Knot the ends.
Make as many Santa ornaments as you would like.

Bird box embellishment kit

embellishment kitThis Christmas, why not give your artsy crafty friends and family Inspiration kits? These adorable Christmas embellishment Kit Gifts are embellished with buttons. They are fun to make and will surely delight every creative person on your list.

Materials and Tools for embellishment kit gifts

Instructions for embellishment kit gifts:

To create your Inspiration Kit Gifts, die cut one Bag Caddy from the matboard. Assemble it according to manufacturer’s instructions using the red line tape.

Paint the box, inside and out Tuscan Red. Measure the front and sides of the box and cut patterned paper using the paper trimmer. Use the foam brush and decoupage medium to apply the paper to the box.  Dry brush snow white on front of box. Paint the bird shape Antique White. Paint the teardrop for wing and bird beak Lamp Black.

Using the brown chalk ink, ink the clothes pin. Print out holiday sentiments using plain computer paper and a printer.


Cut the sentiments out with the scissors. Use the decoupage medium to apply them to the clothes pin. Glue button on one end of clothes pin with the Gem-Tac. If desired, glue a flat backed acrylic stone to the center of the button.

Glue the bird shape, wing and flower center to the box.

Stamp the sentiment over the white swatch of paint on box front.

Here is the super fun part… die cut flowers, tags, etc. to fill your Christmas Inspiration Gift Kits. Die cut the cardstock and the wool felt.

I also included some hand dyed stamped ribbon in my Inspiration Gift Kits.

Glue some buttons to the front of the box.

These embellishment Kit Gifts are great gifts for teachers, hostesses, neighbors, gift exchanges, etc. Make several at once so they will be on hand if an unexpected guest drops by. Instead of art supplies, fill the boxes with homemade edible goodies.

Thanks for letting me share my Inspiration Kits with you.

Live Life Creatively,

Free Christmas Printables

printFree Christmas Printables for you to use.  Does not get much better than free does it? I am so excited to be a part of this Christmas Printable event, to share my easy to make picture frame and even more excited to for the giveaway that we have put together for you.

santa printable with cookies

I chose to use a printable from my friend and artist Jen Goode of 100 Directions in my super cool frame made from leftover straws.  The frame is very fun and easy to make.

Supplies for picture frame:

  • $1 wood frame from Michaels
  • Adtech Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Craft knife
  • Paper straws
  • Paper flower
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Instructions for Straw Picture Frame:

  1. Use hot glue gun to adhere paper straws on to the picture frame.  I glued them on at an angle.
  2. Use craft knife to trim the straws around the exterior and interior opening of the frame.
  3. Adhere the flower to frame.

Print the free printable, cut to size and insert into frame.  Place by cookies and enjoy.

Download the free Christmas printable:

Download the Dear Santa Art Print  2.37 MB

This art print is designed to frame at 8×10 size and features 3 little Scandinavian style holiday icon circles… 2 Christmas trees and a heart with a mini tree.  I printed mine 4 to a sheet of paper.  I changed the size when I went to print.

printing the holidays

Looking for more printables to enjoy this holiday season? Check out all the awesome bloggers participating in the Printing The Holidays Blog Hop! From gift tags to bookmarks to countdowns, we’ve got something for everyone. Also, don’t forget to enter the giant printing crafts bundle giveaway below!

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Rustic Christmas Table – home tour

rustic Christmas table setting 2

This is a little view of my rustic Christmas table setting.  I need a little guidance.  Should I do placemats? And bread plate or no bread plate?  My children think no on both and they think I am a little crazy for setting the table 3 weeks before the holidays.  It is a good thing we don’t use our dinning room for meals most of the time.  LOL  Not to mention that I make them help set the table.  We don’t use the good china and silverware often but I think it is important for them to know how to set a proper table, or well close to proper.

I made the table runner and chair covers as well as the deer plaques that I used for candle holders, napkin rings and as embellishments for the chair covers.  When I am decorating for a party I like to use the same motif in multiple ways.  It makes everything feel unified and a little more personalized.  To make the rustic Christmas chair covers you can visit this post.
To keep the rustic feel going I added real deer antlers that were shed in a field.  I also placed them on different furniture pieces in the room too.

There are more than 30 bloggers involved in this four week long link party, you are going to love seeing all their wonderful holiday ideas!


Thanks for stopping by the home tour this week for the Christmas Link Up.

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Here’s the schedule for the next 4 weeks:

Week 1: Begins Friday November 27: Christmas Trees

Week 2: Friday December 4th: Home Tours

Week 3: Friday December 11th: Gifts

Week 4: Friday December 18th: Recipes and Food

I can’t wait to be inspired!

Here are the rules for the link!

Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog’s home page. You may link up to 3 posts per blog. Please leave a comment for your host, remember it’s a party!
Please be sure to visit a couple of blogs and leave comments.
No Etsy stores, giveaways or other link parties.
Please with a text link or party button to your host.
By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media. We will always give proper credit and a link back to your post.
Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on our individual blogs. Features will also be pinned to our Christmas Link Up Pinterest Board for even more exposure!


My favorite entry into the link party is from Penny’s Vintage Home.  It is not a tree but it is a mantle that is amazing.  It reminds me of something you would see in a department store window.  The twinkling fairy lights under the pink gauzy material make my heart pitter patter.

Vintage shabby Chic Christmas Mantle

Easy Christmas ornaments to make

7 Easy Christmas ornaments to make in an afternoon plus Christmas Tree decoration inspiration.
7 easy ornaments to make

I’m teaming up with an awesome group of bloggers today and for the next three Fridays for the Christmas Link Up. This weeks theme is Christmas trees – yay!  I love making ornaments and thought I would share links to easy ornaments you can make in an evening or an afternoon.

Glass Cube ornaments with rub-ons

rub on ornament, quick and easy ornament

Paper Ornament

paper ornament

Decoupage ornament

Decoupages Ornaments star

Chic handmade stuffed bird ornament 

scrap fabric bird ornaments

Nested bird ornament

Nested Bird Tea Cup Ornament


French Chic Ornaments
chic ornaments. metal work, shabby chic , french country

Wood slice ornament using wood burning tools

Wood burining wood slice snowman ornament country chic Christmas 365 Days of Crafts

You can share your Christmas tree ideas with us, too – check out the link party below! I can’t wait to see everyone’s ideas. I love Christmas trees!


How do you decorate your Christmas tree? What ornaments mean the most to you?

Rules of the link up:
1. Please link to a specific post on your blog, not your blog’s home page.You may link up to 3 posts per blog.
2. Please leave a comment for your host, remember it’s a party!
3. Please be sure to visit a couple of other blogs and leave comments.
4. No Etsy stores, giveaways or other link parties allowed.
5. Please link with a text link or party button to your host.
6. By submitting a link, you’re giving us permission and granting us the right to feature your project and photos on this blog, website and on social media. We will always give proper credit and a link back to your post.
7. Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on our blogs. Features will also be pinned to our Christmas Link Up Pinterest Board for even more exposure! If you were featured, be sure to grab a button!

Link up with our party or leave a comment below!

And take a look at the other Christmas Link Up hosts to see their fabulous Christmas tree ideas!

Designers Sweet Spot
365 Days of Crafts
An Oregon Cottage
Dragon Flies and Lily Pads
Green With Decor
The Deans List Blog
DIY Beautify
Casa Watkins
Sow and Dipity
Sondra Lyn At Home
Shabby Grace Blog
Maj Hoff Takes a Wife
Charming Imperfections
Mommy is CooCoo
Somewhat Quirky Design
Refresh Living
BD Design Blog
3 Little Green Woods
Salvage Sister and Mister
Sweet Things
Chalk and Chocolate
My Creative Days
Kenarry: Ideas for the Home
Burlap and Babies
Red Cottage Chronicles
What Meegan Makes
Create and Babble
Tastefully Frugal
Twelve on Main